Clinton endorses Obama effort to punish Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry suggests new proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpilse
Associated Press
Sep 9, 2013


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed President Barack Obama's attempt to win congressional approval of a military strike in Syria, saying Monday that any move by the Assad regime to surrender its weapons to international control would be an "important step." But Clinton cautioned that the removal of its chemical weapons stockpile should not be an "excuse for delay and obstruction" by Syria.

Clinton met with Obama at the White House as the administration sought to sway skeptical lawmakers in Congress to approve a plan to punish Syria's government for last month's chemical weapons attack. The former first lady offered her first public statements on the Syrian crisis, adding her voice to a series of Obama allies who have supported the military action.

"I will continue to support his efforts and I hope the Congress will as well," Clinton said at forum on wildlife trafficking, an issue that was one of her priorities at the State Department.

Clinton noted that Secretary of State John Kerry had suggested a new proposal that would have Syria turn over its stockpiles but she said "the international community cannot ignore the ongoing threat of the Assad regime's stockpiling of chemical weapons."

"Now if the regime immediately surrenders its stockpile to international control as was suggested by Secretary Kerry and the Russians that would be an important step. But this cannot be another excuse for delay and obstruction and Russia has to support the international community's efforts sincerely or be held to account," she said.

"The world will have to deal with this threat as swiftly and comprehensively as possible," Clinton added.

Clinton has largely avoided weighty foreign policy issues since leaving the State Department in February but her backing of Obama's plan could help persuade wary Democrats considering the administration's plan to use force in Syria in the aftermath of President Bashar Assad's alleged use on chemical weapons.

As the nation's top diplomat, Clinton supported intervening in Syria with a proposal in the summer of 2012, developed with then-CIA Director David Petraeus and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, to arm vetted units of the Syrian rebels. The White House later rebuffed those efforts. Clinton also pushed attempts in the United Nations to develop a political transition in Syria and provide humanitarian aid to Syrians.

The former first lady is the Democrats' leading contender for the White House in 2016 if she decides to run for president again and any statements she makes on key policy issues could follow her into a future campaign.

Obama's quest for the Democratic nomination in 2008 was helped by his opposition to the Iraq war, a stance that he used effectively against Clinton. As a New York senator, Clinton voted in 2002 to authorize the Iraq war, but that position later put her in disfavor with many anti-war Democratic voters in many early voting states.

Clinton spoke about Syria at a White House forum on wildlife trafficking, where she was joined by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other activists who discussed ways of disrupting the trafficking and poaching of African elephants and rhinos.




Here we go !

JMOP's picture

What difference does it make that Hillary Clinton endorses what. Go away

Stop It

Really? All those links and how much time? Saturation and repetitiveness will get you no where.

I used to look at your links before they became the jist of your posts. Sometimes, one has to speak for themselves and offer a link or two within the context.


Another loonie with ties to Chicago.

Darwin's choice

Of course she would. Anything to deflect the Benghazzi incident spotlight away from herself. The one year anniversary of that night is here, yet no answers from the failures in charge in the White House of what really took place, and why. Funny, days after the Syria incident, Obama is ready to go to war! He is trying to hide the United States involvement in the supply of weapons to the rebels, that Hillary was very aware of!





Agree. Ms. "What difference does it make" should GO AWAY and enjoy her and her cheatin' husband's millions of dollars of loot.


"What difference does it make" is taken out of context.

ANYONE with half a brain can see that.
Unfortunately , some of the posters here have far less than half.


Re: "taken out of context."

Regardless of how you want to spin it; still an asinine and insensitive statement.

Since she took responsibility, she should have resigned or been fired.



It's truth and you can't handle the truth.


"What difference at this point does it make?"

Again, however you want to spin this asinine and insensitive statement is fine with me.

Hillary: What difference at this point does she make? NONE.

Have a nice day Cupcake.


It's not spin , like you are trying to spin it , it's truth.
Goodbye Nancy.



Your link only reinforces what I stated - that the statement was taken out of context.

Thanks Susy.


Pooh, back away from the Kessler's. You are dangerously close to alcohol poisoning!


Re: "back away,"

Based on your slobbering love affair, it's safe to assume that you and 4sh*t share a blow-up dolly of Hillary. Enjoy!

Kessler's? Wouldn't even use it for metal cleaner.

Have a nice day Bambie.


The world will be a better place if he kills himself with alcohol.


Where is the moderation on this site. 4shizzle, you are nothing more than a key board warrior kid. Hide some more why dont you.



These guys are rock hard stupid.


Re: "These guys"

Yea, it's obviously hard for some to fawn and slobber over the 'enlightened' wisdom of the political ruling class.

Hillary....sigh. :)


Do you miss the Bush regime ? (sigh)
I'm glad that you're not a political ruler.

Darwin's choice

Coasterfan, Big Dog, Deertracker, and 4shizzle: More of your leaders folley.....
13 Democrats Charged With Embezzling $16 Million ...


In Federal Grants For AIDS Charities And Other Needy Programs

Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama. One is the daughter of his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another was chief of staff to Obama’s longtime friend Eric E. Whitaker when Whitaker was Illinois’ public health chief.

They allegedly stole from AIDS charities and job training programs among other funds of cash meant to help the poor and needy. - See more at:
You boys sure can pick a winner! And Hillary is a criminal too!

The Big Dog's back

What an ignorant off topic post.

Darwin's choice

Your leaders "peeps" !!
The only thing ignorant here is you! This is the democrats in action, Obama included. How many liars and thieves does he have on his staff? Including Hillary?


mini contango

Darwin's choice

You're still the azzhat king!


[ sound of laughing ]

you're pathetic

JudgeMeNot's picture

Once again I see you resorting to name calling..... I've noticed that some people like you display this rather childish behavior.


To paraphrase Hillary Clinton:

What difference – at this point, what difference does she make?


"It's not about the chemical weapons, it's about the Syrian pipeline"

Follow the money.

"With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes," "They have. That offer is on the table." - Sec'y of State Kerry, Sept. 4.


According to a new poll, 60% of Americans DISAPPROVE of the way the Bumbler-in-Chief handles foreign policy.

"Obama hits new low on foreign policy in CNN polling":


The so-called "world community" ain't none too impressed either.


Told you fools 2 weeks ago that Clinton would pop her head up and be a big supporter for this. Its all about the election coming up, bottom line.


Re: "Its all about the election coming up,"

Agree. Trying to remain "relevant." However, 2016 is a LONG WAY OFF.

Other than successfully defend her philandering husband what EXACTLY has she done?

"Camille Paglia: Hillary Clinton ‘disqualified herself’ from presidency with Benghazi spin":

"Camille Paglia: 'It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton is our party’s best chance":

R U Kidding me

let me get this right we sell the chemicals to great brittain which sells them to Syria Then go over there and take them back. sounds almost like the bank over lending scams where going through now. they loan you money on a house then foreclose after collecting every thing they can then resale after the market comes back making millions of the people. wtf Syria you didn't see that coming


Don't worry America. Vladimir Putin has our back.


Re: "Vladimir Putin has our back."

Pres. Obama 'obviously' forgot an old Chicago saying:

Never bring a knife to a gun fight.


On one side we have a Nobel peace prize winning community organizer and on the other side we have a KGB agent. I think I'll go with the KGB agent.


Re: "Nobel peace prize winning community organizer,"

Also, a Choom Gang, street fighter wannabe and a "metrosexual."

Darwin's choice

Putin handed Obama his hind end this morning! The ever delusional Pelosi called it a victory for Obama! Hahahahahahaha!


Obama did tell Medvedev, to let Putin know that Obama would be more flexible after he was elected the second time. Putin is just taking him at his word and following through and seeing just how flexible he can be. Obama has a strangle hold on his ankles and gritted teeth.

2cents's picture

And she can keep taking us into the new world order!


Bachman/Palin 2016.....hcntse.